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  1. tokyoracer

    Warning! Exploding Maxell PRAM Batteries

    This reminds me of the IIfx I received 8 years ago along with a II (that survived albeit with no signs of life). Sadly both batteries went on a killing spree.
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    $25 PowerBook 190CS with 32MB RAM expansion

    Nice find, these things have absolutely rocketed in value lately. I almost had a heart attack seeing a PB 145 going for over £100 here in the UK, and mines in better shape and in an original bag! Is it just me or are pretty much every Macintosh system going up alot lately? I can't even see the crappy early PPC models for peanuts anymore. Atleast here in Europe.
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    What's on that old hard drive?

    A little late to reply, but this thread was too good to avoid and I'd like to share my experiences with this since I've collected (probably way too many) machines I my time. I don't like to make a habit of prying into other's personal affairs, and I don't judge anyone here at all. However the times curiosity have gotten the better of me, it has been mostly mundane stuff. About a year and a half ago, I bought an Amstrad PC1640 from an older gent locally, and he really treasured this machine. Nothing much in the way of personal data, but he had a journal in which he logged everything he did with that machine. Software and hardware wise. Also his PC magazine subscriptions. Really was quite something. And yes I definitely will keep that book with the machine. In different cases, there's been few times there were banking info and addresses, nothing really worth mentioning. Though, my most interesting data dive is from a Mac funny enough... A few years ago I received a Classic II that was not working (mess on the screen). I cleaned the main board with the usual soapy warm water trick, a total cheap-out fix and got it booting again to find it had been used as a family computer with records upto 2002. It wasn't exactly chock full of sensitive data but what I have determined is that the family that had it, the kids seemed to use it most to do drawing and typing in Claris Works. School stuff, love declorations (to various girls at their school lol), cartoonish faces, etc. Typical innocent kids stuff. The mother seemed to use it for logging her chiropractic work (presumably self-employed), writing invoices for people owing. She wasnt cheap either, upto £200 a session, in the early 2000's! There were a few miscellaneous letters, one about their divorce which was kinda personal obviously. I didn't read into that much. But I think the one that almost brought a tear to one's eye was a number of letters one of the kids wrote to their devorced dad. Reading it I was seeing how distant they were, not seeing eachother for nearly half a decade, talking about his schooling and football game results and mentioning that he wanted "to be a policeman just like him". Also wishing he could contact him more often. I do wonder if his mother took a dislike to her son making letters to her ex husband as he kept apologising for not responding more regularly. It was quite moving personally, dealing with a family breakup myself when I was about 7, I suppose I was lucky I got to see my dad fairly regularly as a kid. It really pained a picture of the machine's past. I even discovered a faint UV mark on the screen bezel, a completely different named individual. One assumes this was either sold on or given to this family (prior to being wiped presumably) in the late 90's as their earliest document date was around 1998. I'm not really proud of myself for looking, but it does really fascinate me about what computers I have and what story they have to tell of their past.
  4. tokyoracer

    IIvx not powering on.

    Okay, so since unplugging for a while, it does seem to me that it could be a capacitor issue. So you guys are probably on the money with the caps being at fault. I would imagine they are relied upon for the soft powering system. Since it only starts after being plugged in for 10 mins or so, my best guess it's capacitors are not taking a charge quickly anymore, hence the long wait for powering up and lack of response from pressing the power button. Thankfully there's no signs of leakage on the board but until I can get the skills/equipment to replace them, I will just keep check of it's condition from time to time. I did manage to update it's system OS in the mean time and found some higher capacity SIMMs to take it to 20MB. The caddy CD drive door needs a little attention at some point though.
  5. tokyoracer

    IIvx not powering on.

    Well this is a real change of events. I (unintentionally) left this thing plugged in (but not powered on obviously) and came home a couple of hours ago, just thought I'd try it to see if it's still broken and would you believe it, it's powered up! I've heard of this trick before on other electronics but honestly didn't think it would apply here but there we go. I'll update on the status over the next few days on this but so far. Soft powering is working once again. I haven't tried unplugging it, yet (*gulp*). You might want to try what I did. Let me know if you get anything after a few hours plugged into the mains.
  6. tokyoracer

    IIvx not powering on.

    I'm pretty sure they're probably original, atleast I haven't ever replaced them. Would they cause the machine to not even switch on though? The board itself is clean, I see no signs of leakage anywhere. Don't get me wrong, I certainly will get into cap replacement once I home my skills and get the right equipment for it. I got a while load of systems queuing up for it.
  7. tokyoracer

    IIvx not powering on.

    Hi guys, been a while. In my absence, I've actually been quite busy. I've been sorting out alot of my old Mac 68K (and a few PPC) machines and over the past few years, bringing them out of storage with mostly positive results. However this IIvx (I know, hardly one of the 'good' ones but I kinda like it in it's own way), doesn't want to power on, as in at all. This was working prior to storage too. So, the first port of call was to replace the PSU with a known working unit (from a Quadra 650). Still nothing, soft or hard power. I know there is power going to the PSU atleast as I hear a small snap of electricity as the 'kettle' style lead is inserted. It could be my imagination, but I'm sure I sometimes hear a micro relay switching too sometime when power is applied (or atleast attempted). I know the PSU is good, hell I think it's original one is working too. The 6 pin 'chocolate' block connector is definitely making contact with the female connector on the motherboard. This has completely stumped, anyone have any idea where I should look or if there's any tests I can make? O do have a multimeter on standby.
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    OS 7.1 disk image with enabler for LC III

    Aha I did actually see that thread. As far as I can tell all I need is a pre-'enabled' 7.1 boot disk to boot from after 'init' the HD and formatting it with 100% dedicated to the Mac itself. Then just copy the contents of the boot disk to the root HD. All of which I can do, but won't I need an enabled 7.1 boot disk along with an 'enabled' Disk Tools to boot into the correct environment to do that?
  9. Hi all long time no see. Had alot of "life" things going on so wasn't able to be so active and had such little time, apologies. Long story short I finally got round to sorting out some of my machines with the help of that awesome BigMessOfWires Mac Emu device I got a few days back. I'm trying to get System 7.1 on my LC III currently but I need the System Enabler 003 (I think?). Trouble is, although I can download the enabler software, I have no means to make a .IMG with it in the image. I was wondering if anyone here would be clever and kind enough to perhaps upload a disk image with it ready to go? I got all the other 7.1 disks in both physical and digital form. Thanks so in advance!
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    ATi 9200LE in PowerMac 7600 (OS 9.2.2)

    Sorry for double post. I found drivers in the end, shame the card turned out to be faulty.
  11. I just received a "Mac Edition" Radeon 9200LE card and I was wanting to swap it out with the Rage card currently installed. I am fruitlessly looking for drivers for this card to work on OS 9.2.2. Does anyone here know where I can find them or if they have a CD they can upload as an .ISO or something? Many thanks in advance.
  12. Thanks guys. bibilit , if you have a spare CD/floppy around or can make a copy that would be even better but if not i'm sure I can get this on the 7600 somehow.
  13. I need a hand as I had bought a 9600 tower from eBay and I havn't the space for it so I had given the basic tower away and kept some of the cards. One of which is a Sonnet Crescendo G4 450/1M which will fit my 7600 fine. However, it has a 400Mhz G3 card installed currently (XLR8) and swapping them over doesn't make it boot from the get go. I looked on the Sonnet website and it says there needs to be software installed before you install the card. Mine didn't come with any and I am curious where do I get this software from (if I still can)? Thanks in advance.
  14. tokyoracer

    Quick question about AC Adaptor

    Ah that would make alot of sense. I dread to think what the Ni-Cd's are like inside that but first I will have to find a way inside then thing! I am not planning on doing the project anytime soon but it is on my list of to-do's. Is there any documentation of such things done to old PowerBooks now that you mentioned it?
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    Quick question about AC Adaptor

    Good news, thought for the price i'd risk the PowerBook 100 AC adapter and it works a charm. Very interesting using one of the earlyer PowerBooks for the first time. The LCDs contrast seems to wash out sometimes but a tiny adjustment fixes it and seems to get more stable the longer it's used. I wonder how easy it would be to open up the old Ni-Cd battery pack and replace it with Li-On cells as its just a simple positive and negative connector. Either way the main thing for now is she works great.
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